What the Teacher Wants: To Be Healthy!

I'm totally going out on a limb right now. I'm feeling super vulnerable and so I need your support!
It can be SO hard to be a teacher AND think about your own health. Many of you are also wives, mommies, volunteers, caregivers, or maybe you have health problems.  It's so hard to balance it all and the past 3 years, I've sort of "let myself go". I've ALWAYS struggled with my weight (I can remember feeling self-conscience in the 3rd grade).  Many of you are probably nodding your head in agreement.  Last October, I decided I was done with it all and wanted to make myself healthy by doing it the right way...eating healthy and moving more (I had lost a lot of weight years before, but I just wanted to be skinny and had no interest in being healthy).  I started slow, it's taken me a long time, and I'm still a work in progress.  BUT, I decided that if I'm going to be the best teacher, wife, friend, sister.... I need to be my BEST SELF.  If I don't take care of myself, I might not be around for as long as I want.



So.... this is where our new series comes in:


I know this will help me be accountable and help me avoid that dreaded roller-coaster, yo-yo, up/down that sometimes comes with a healthy lifestyle.  So, what I'm here to do is tell you that it's hard to be a teacher and it's hard to have a healthy lifestyle, but we can do it!


Picture on the left is October 2012 and picture on the right is October 2013

Today, I'm just going to tell you how I got started.  I wrote down (and still do) EVERYTHING that I ate.  Every bite, nibble, and lick. ;)  I love using the MyFitnessPal App (they also have an online version). My username is Rachelleblake, but please no creepers allowed. HA!


Hopefully I will be able to inspire other teachers to take care of themselves! 
 For now, I leave you with this:




65 comments:

Claire said...

Great idea, Rachelle! I've lost 40 pounds since May after letting myself go since I started teaching. I can't wait to read more!

Dawn Bright said...

You're adorable, no need to be nervous, you're looking great! This is a wonderful idea, and I'd love to have some success like this to show off, too. I've used MyFitnessPal too and really like it. Keep up the great work!!!

Miss T said...

You look fabulous! I need to refocus again and get back on the wagon!

Journey Of A Substitute Teacher

krazy4K said...

You go girl!!! You inspire me in many ways!!!!

Miss Kindergarten said...

You look more adorable than ever! You got this girl!

Shannon Mullis said...

So inspiring! When I sit and think about my health, I cry. It's so hard. The first thing I thought was, "Wow! Someone else worries about being the best, mom, wife, daughter, teacher, aunt, friend, sister, niece, etc besides me?" I always put myself last and that's why thisg is so difficult, I guess.

Katy Pettit said...

GO you!!! I've been there too! Thanks for the reminder to get back on the wagon so to speak!

Mary Wingert said...

Congratulations! You look great!

Mary
Fit to be Fourth
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Mrs. Wathen said...

You look fabulous Rachelle! I have lost 12 just trying to watch it but have not been so consistent lately. Thanks for the motivation:)

Tammy
The Resourceful Apple

Traci - Dragonflies in First said...

You look amazing! And, as always, you are an inspiration. :)

Luv My Kinders said...

Your looking fabulous! I too have always been on a yo-yo type of plan. I made the decision 4 years ago to get healthy, not be on a diet. That mind shift made all the difference! Kudos to you for getting healthy. I love fitness pal as well. It helps me keep accountable! Keep up the great work, you are an example for us all!

luckeyfrog said...

It's so hard to think about ourselves when we want so much to take care of others! (And we spend so much time and energy doing those!)

You look really great. I think what I love is that you look more confident and happy to have your photo taken :)

MyFitnessPal has really helped me too, but I was so good about it for awhile, and then stopped-- so I'm trying to get back on the horse :) If you're up for a non-creeper, I'll add you!

Good luck on your journey!

Jenny
Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

Al@PolkaDotsandPaisley said...

This is so true. I made a similar commitment at the start of the 2012 school year and, while it's been a slow process, I'm learning to take care of myself first. I'm finding success with Weight Watchers and running but obviously different things work for different people. Congratulations on your success so far!

Carrie said...

Thank you for this post! I just went shopping for jeans today, and came home depressed. :( My 40th birthday is at the end of May, and I've decided I want to lose 40 pounds by then. I don't know if I'll make it, but I need a goal and a kick in the pants to get started. I've signed up for a sparkpeople account, and I'm going to track every bite too.

Learning In Room 203.

Nancy Taylor-Davis said...

What an inspirational post! You look fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing your story. I know you will inspire many, including me. I sooooo need to get off the roller coaster that has been my life as a yo-yo dieter. It is so hard, but I know that if I am not healthy I can't be my best self and won't be around long enough to enjoy all of the joys in my life. I can't wait to read more about your journey.
Nancy
Fun Times in First

Stephanie Stewart said...

You are BEAUTIFUL!! End of story. But way to continue to inspire others. Health and making yourself a priority never go out of style, and the more people we have reminding us the better!

❤ -Stephanie
Falling Into First

Diana Hutchens said...

This is so inspiring! I am just beginning on my healthy lifestyle journey so it helps to see the success of others! Thanks!

Nicole from Teaching With Style said...

So proud of you for all you have accomplished an for putting yourself out there! I, too, am on a quest to start being healthier. Just being conscious of our decisions can help! I'm excited to be on this journey with you! :)
Nicole
Teaching With Style

Wendy Arentz said...

You are beautiful on the inside and out. THanks for inspiring us!

Wendy
Read With Me ABC

Donna said...

I think you have hit on an issue for so many teachers. We are so good at taking care of others that often we let that overshadow taking care of ourselves. For some teachers that shows up in our weight, but there are many ways for this imbalance to show up in our lives. I've lost 40 pounds this year and am still in progress like you are. Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

Donna
LearningPockets

Katy said...

You looked great before and still look great now. Thanks for putting yourself out there and inspiring others to take steps towards becoming healthier as well!

- Katy

First Grade Kate

Ms. Lopez said...

You look fabulous!!

Kris @ The Poole Pages said...

Making this kind of a change is HARD WORK!!! You should be proud of your accomplishment. I needed this post to encourage me to start making healthier choices. I started teaching full time a year ago and have put on 15lbs :( I don't feel like I have time to exercise...but I'm sure I can find the time if I really try! I've also used fitnesspal in the past and really liked it. I hope you'll share more about the changes you've made and how you plan to keep it going!

Sarah Mackey said...

You look amazing girl!! It is so hard, before I had Michael I had dropped down pretty good, but ever since I gave birth to him last November it is so hard to get started back up again. Being a teacher, wife, mom to 3, it is almost impossible for me to find any time to work out. I am going to hopefully try to start eating a little bit better and hope the rest will fall into place. Thanks for the inspirations!!!

absees123s said...

You look wonderful..congratulations on your progress!! I, too, last year started on a "get healthy, get thinner" program. I was able to lose 53 pounds in just over a year, using MyFitnessPal and eating the right things. It is tough not to slide back to those unhealthy ways, and some days I'm not so good, but all in all I've kept it off. Keep doing what you're doing, as you look fabulous!

Erin Blecki said...

You look amazing! And this is such a motivating post! Truly awesome and I bet so many people read this and think "just what I needed!" (at least that's how I felt!)

Can't wait to see more updates! :)

Erin
Creating & Teaching

Laura said...

Sister, you look amazing, and I'm sure you feel amazing! You are beautiful inside and out! Just one more way you inspire teachers! Thank you for sharing, my friend!!
Laura
Peace, Love, and First Grade

Karen Rowland said...
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Karen Rowland said...

You look AMAZING! Way to go! I also use My Fitness Pal and have for a couple of years now. I agree that it's hard to be a teacher and stay healthy and fit. I always try and go run, go to the gym, or tide bikes with my daughter as soon as we leave school. If I go home first, I'll get tired and lazy and won't get back out to exercise.
Karen Rowland
Adventures With Firsties

karenrowland112677@yahoo.com

Susan Cahalane said...

You look fantastic!!! You're such an inspiration!!

✿Sue✿
Science for Kids Blog

Mrs. Pogue said...

Thanks for sharing your story. It's nice to be encouraged by other's journey. I have been watching my calorie intake and exercising since mid June and have lost almost 40 pounds. You are an inspiration!

Mrs. Graham said...

Last November, on my birthday, I walked out of my doctor's office resolving to get healthy. As of today, I am down 92 pounds. I decided that I needed to spend time taking care of me so that I will be around long enough to continue taking care of others. I am 53 and I have taught first grade for 19 years. I love my job, but I am continuously stressed, overworked, and tired. My new healthy lifestyle has helped me deal with the everyday stress of our job. Thanks for being so brave and sharing your story. You are a beautiful "work in progress" and you should be so very proud of your healthy aspirations and accomplishments. Way to go, girl!
Tommie Graham
spotteddog@austin.rr.com

SunnyDays said...

Yay you! I've been using My Fitness Pal since the beginning of this month. It's definitely helping. 8 pounds down - a crapton more to go! Id love a place to check in and keep myself accountable. I'm DeeBoBo on MFP. Don't ask. Every dang name I tried was taken and that's what I ended up with...
Denise
Sunny Days In Second Grade

Courtney Bartlett said...

You look great! I need to get on the right track too. I was so good about working out but then I had to have complete knee reconstruction and was on crutches for 5 months and couldn't work out for almost a year. That really led to my weight creeping up and losing my desire to work out. I am determined to get on the right track this school year. You are very brave for posting this and I hope you continue. Best of luck on your journey to being more healthy!

Swimming into Second

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing!! I am also working on losing weight and I am using the same app. It's hard to stay on track when teaching takes up so much of your life....we can do it though! Yay for being healthy!

Kim said...

Thanks for sharing!! I am also working on losing weight and I am using the same app. It's hard to stay on track when teaching takes up so much of your life....we can do it though! Yay for being healthy!

sspeller said...

Thanks for the encouragement Rachelle! I too have always struggled with my weight and am always SO busy, I don't have time and don't TAKE time for myself. Thanks for the reminder that it is OKAY to take time out for ourselves. I think that will MAKE me a better wife, mother, friend, sister, daughter, etc. We tend to forget that. You look amazing and are very inspiring. I can't wait to read more either!!!!!!

kmarsh said...

Hi! Great job! What an inspiration you are!!! I am a mom of 3 kids, a wife, and a teacher. Over the last few years I left myself off my to-do list. Recently I have had some health problems and I have vowed to get heather. Your post is just what I needed to read today... :) Good luck!

Susie Q said...

You look FANTASTIC! Way to go, Girl! I too have roller-coastered with my weight and health the past few years. Right now I'm in a terrible slump. With my new position, every day is a different schedule (with different times, places to go, etc.) so I haven't even exercised for the last two months. Thanks for doing this! It's really helpful and inspiring.

Kelli said...

I really appreciated this post. You look fabulous and I am so grateful that you shared this app. I've been beating myself up over how I haven't been taking care of myself, but continue to not fix it. With this app and a new fitness program (some colleagues and I are doing T25 after school in our music room on the Smartboard), I think I might be able to make a change. Thank you so so much and I hope you have continued success!

Megan Bonert said...

You look wonderful! Thank you for sharing! I have forgotten about taking care of myself since I have begun teaching and after having my first baby last year. I cannot wait to hear about how you are losing weight! I can use all the help I can get! Thank you for sharing!

I {Heart} Recess said...

You look fantastic! I started cross fit three months ago and can't image my life without it! I also LOVE Myfitnesspal! Although with cross fit you can more muscle than loose weight. I took pics and of before and progress and how much my body has changed is amazing! I wish you continued success on being healthy!

Jess

Dana D said...

Excellent job!! Thank you for bringing this to light! It's super hard with goodies in the work room, kiddos birthday parties, and a rushed lunch! I decided to take control about a year and a half ago! Here's where my journey started: http://vandoss.blogspot.com/2012/05/for-those-of-you-that-know-me.html?

Melissa said...

It's SO hard to stay healthy when life gets hectic. After I had my son 2 years ago, I thought I would never get back in shape. Myfitnesspal helped me really start paying attention to what I ate.
I've been wanting to create a group to help keep others accountable, and I tried to start a monthly linky party last month. I think we're going to try again next Thursday, and I'd love to have you join in if you want!

Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late
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We Teach Like A Rockstar said...

I soooo needed this right now. I met Deanna Jump this weekend and had my picture taken with her. My plan was to post it on my blog and all I noticed was how "fat" I looked. Urgg...from Januray until April I lost 50 pounds and have gained 15 back. THANK YOU for this post. This is just what I needed to get back on the "HEALTHY" kick!!! Amber ~ Kindergarten Rocks Blog

Michelle Thom said...

Very motivating! Thanks for sharing! I love reading your blog :)
Michelle
from Well, Michelle?

Heidi said...

Love how honest you are! This has been my struggle for close to 40 years. I started using My fitness pal in June. I love it. I've lost about 30 pounds so far. It is nice hearing about others in similar situations.

CarolP said...

Congratulations! You look wonderful! I agree with you that it's about getting healthy. I too can lose weight but I always gain it back. I've also decided I want to make lifestyle changes & lose it in a healthy way that'll help me keep it off. Keep up the good work! Carol

Lesson Plans and Lollipops said...

You look great! I have MyFitnessPal on my phone but I haven't used it much. I need to start. I gained 20 pounds last year on steroids prescribed to treat Crohns and I really want to lose that. I would fit into my clothes again. Please keep inspiring me and I might need your support too.
Katrina
Lesson Plans and Lollipops

Ashley said...

Way to go. Question for you. I love my fitness pal, but I never know how to enter meals made for me by someone else (at restaurants, or even harder when eating at family and friends houses. How have you approached that?

Leslie Goldhardt said...

Thank you for this post! I always find myself putting others before myself - as many of you mentioned...it's a great quality to be a giver, but I need balance. I used my fitness pal before my wedding and loved it! It's time I regain that focus again. Thank you for sharing your story! Fashionableinfirst.blogspot.com

Julia said...

Congratulations!! It is so hard to lose weight AND KEEP IT OFF! I have myself on a daily plan of what I will do and when to make sure I am leaving time for the other important things like exercising and making food rather than buying and consuming! If you go to my site, I have a really great program I am using that has helped so many teachers, moms, and really anyone who is trying to lose weight and keep it off. I don't want to put the link to that website here as it might go to spam.

janiefahey said...

Thanks so much for posting this! I've never been "skinny" but was okay with where I was and how I looked until after I had my children. Well 19 years later, I'm still bouncing back and forth, but as I get older it's much more difficult to take it off. I feel like I look at a piece of food and gain 5 pounds. I make pretty good food choices 90% of the time, so I'm okay with that - always trying to do better, but I'm missing the exercise part. I start and then get too busy and put the exercise off. I'll look into myfitnesspal maybe that will help. Thanks for the motivation on a Monday morning!
~Janie
Are We There Yet?

Kayla S. said...

I hear you. It's too hard to fit scheduled gym classes into an already busy schedule. I joined the Y but found myself struggling to make it to the Zumba classes on time- so I'd go a whole week without working out. I just found this Daily Burn website that has workout videos and is WAY cheaper than the YMCA ($10 per month!)They even have a super efficient 15 minutes for 15 days routine- which is EXACTLY what I need. Check it out.
http://dailyburn.com/join/86176

Kayla
Stuff Students Say and Other Classroom Treasures

graciegirl said...

You look AWESOME! You always stand out in the blogger meet up picks because you are so pretty AND have great clothing style ;).
Thanks for sharing your story with us. I'm in desperate need of losing some pounds.
Thanks for all your hard work on your blog. All the best in sticking to your goals. Way to go!

Stephanie Ann at Sparkling in Kindergarten said...

You look incredible! I'm on a little bit of the same journey..I'm having some REALLY high blood pressure (on 4 different meds and still won't go down) so the only way I have any control over is diet and excercise. Thank you for posting this because it just inspired me to take my health seriously. You look gorgeous...keep it up!

Stephanie Ann
Sparkling in Kindergarten

Kristen said...

Oh Rachelle, you always look gorgeous!!! I am so inspired by this, what wonderful and SMART way to get into shape. I've been trying to eat healthier this year but hadn't even thought to record what I eat (and I love that there is an app to help with that!) because I am so quick to have a little snack that isn't too healthy and I know it all adds up. This was such an inspiring post, thank you so much!

Karen Stamp said...

SO PROUD of you!! You look amazing... and even more proud of the hard work it took to get there!
Karen :o)
Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

Susan Moran said...

I love that you were vulnerable enough to share this with us!!! You are such an adorable inspiration and I hope to hang out with you again!! Vegas '14?!

xo,
Susan

Karyn said...

You look amazing! Way to go! I know what hard work it takes! What kind of exercise did you do? I'm looking for some new ideas and I'd love to learn any hints you have. :o)

Jenni Taylor said...

you look beautiful ... keep up the good work!

MentoringintheMiddle said...

Look at you! You set your mind to something that was hard, and baby step by baby step, you're getting there. What an accomplishment!
Proud of you for doing it. And for sharing it!
Marion
MentoringintheMiddle

Enaid344 said...

You look awesome! Good for you! I have let myself go too and hope to get motivated to take action.

ourcrowdedheart said...

I've lost 58 pounds since March using my fitness pal! Great work on your loss. I recommend fitness pal to everyone and have several friends at school using it now as well. I am so thankful for you opening up and sharing this to help other teachers become a better version of themselves as well. Keep it up.

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